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When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put Hardcover – October 28, 2008
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About the Author
Vivian Swift is a freelance writer and former assistant vice president of Christie's Inc. This is her first book.
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Top Customer Reviews
I adored this book. The drawings are beautiful and I found myself poring over every detail in them. The best thing about this book, though, is the fact that it reminds us to take delight in and be thankful for the small, everyday things in life - things like a bird's feather, an animal's tracks in the snow, or a shady spot in the summer. This book was published by Bloomsbury on October 28.
In January, we are treated to watercolors of snowy country scenes and pen-and-ink drawings of snowmen and winter gulls in various poses. There's also a mini-memoir describing five of Swift's notable past birthdays, including: "Celebrating at the King David Hotel (built in 1931) in Jerusalem (founded in 2000 BCE) where the tomates provencals are unforgettable and I have no idea that my soldier dining companion will become my first husband. I am 30." February is a homage to travel while May focuses on gardens and gardening. Some of the book's most beautiful watercolors are of the night sky in July.
When Wanderers Cease to Roam won't appeal to everyone. It's slightly cutesy in places and contains plenty of cats and tea cups. Although I usually abhor such books, I was utterly charmed by this one. Judging by the glowing reviews this book is receiving, I'm not alone.
I ordered the book, and I was thrilled to discover that it was EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL and MORE INTERESTING than I had anticipated. I find myself continually admiring her use of line and color.
What I had not expected was her witty writing style. I frequently chuckle and even laugh outloud. This book is so special that I will only let myself pour over it for short bits of time...as I do with all of my favorite books...trying to make them last as long as possible.
If you like a simpler, colorful illustrative style of art, this book is for you.
If you love transparent watercolors, this book is for you.
If you love nature, this book is for you.
If you love reading witty writing that sheds new light on your own life, this book is for you.
If you want to reflect on the rhythm of seasons throughout the year, this book is for you.
If you want a book to savor, this book is for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Take the worst day you had in January, repeat it 28 times, that's February."
It's almost February, I'm feeling dull and alone, so I take out Vivian Swift's... Read more
Love all of the illustrations. A really terrific, fun book to read.Published 5 months ago by AlwaysLearning
A very nice and inspirational book, got me back to journaling.Published 6 months ago by Pete Carpenter
Great price, arrived on time as agreed. This is for a gift but we have read this before and have given these books to others previously and expect a similar happy response.Published 8 months ago by David F. Daniels
I have to give this book 5 stars because my delusion is that I wrote it myself. I too did my travelling over an intense period of about 20 years. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Biff Rose Fan